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Training Log: Mark3

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running - Offroad2 1:01:34 7.54(8:10) 12.14(5:04) 533
  Orienteering - Urban2 55:39 7.39(7:32) 11.9(4:41) 91
  Orienteering - Forest1 37:12 4.12(9:02) 6.63(5:37) 25
  Running - Road/Track1 27:55 3.58(7:48) 5.76(4:51) 185
  Total6 3:02:20 22.64(8:03) 36.43(5:00) 834

Saturday Jun 23 #

Orienteering - Urban race (Belvoir Park Estate) 14:38 [5] 3.73 km (3:55 / km) +17m 3:50 / km
ahr:127 max:148 shoes: On Cloudace

Mass start, gaffled. 5th.

Wrong choice at start trying to be fast rather than detailed enough, and that pattern continued, missed a lot of cut throughs. Lost 20s on 7 and 10 more on 9 which took me out of contention for 3rd (probably where I should've been on paper) although not much shame in losing to the 2 GB girls in 3rd and 4th.

Good fun.

I think the shoe designer probably put too much effort into making then look good and not enough into making them the same shape as feet.

Friday Jun 22 #

Running - Road/Track hills (RW Shoe Test #1) 27:55 [3] 5.76 km (4:51 / km) +185m 4:11 / km
ahr:125 max:147 shoes: On Cloudace

Had a go running up/down Blaze Hill since I drive up all the time and it's very steep in places.

Good first test of the new test shoes. Apparently they cost £170.

Uphill they didn't feel anything special, a bit heavy if anything, but they were very floaty on the flat and down. They aren't going to be fast but I do feel like I could run a very long way in them. Time will tell!

Thursday Jun 21 #

Running - Offroad race (SM #3 Shutlingsloe) 27:45 [5] 5.77 km (4:49 / km) +289m 3:51 / km

Edit: 9th

Trailrocs again

Short and sharp, paced it ok I think, slowed a lot on the steep bits and let people come past but then overtook again on the flatter bits. Lost some time when it became surprisingly singletrack for a bit but got past all those people later on.
Overtook exactly zero people on the downhill second half despite running my fastest ever mile (5:03) - too spread out by then. Lost some time taking the rocks rather than the path off the top too as didn't realise what was compulsory and what wasn't.
Good fun, no idea how I did position-wise. Hopefully I can make it to 6 races in the series to get the tee-shirt :)

Wednesday Jun 20 #

(rest day)

There are too many excuses available at the moment.
Made puff pastry (note to self: not worth it; just buy it) and put up two towel rails.

Tuesday Jun 19 #

Orienteering - Forest race (Brereton Heath) 37:12 [4] 6.63 km (5:37 / km) +25m 5:30 / km
ahr:134 max:160 shoes: X-talon 212 (blk/flro) - Nov17

Vegetation at the start looked dire and I resolved to stay on the paths. However this was a terrible tactic as actually the vegetation was fine and there were paths everywhere to the extent that none were reliable.
So 1 was a disaster as I had the approach all wrong, relocated via 16 (on the other side of the map) and probably lost a minute. Resolved to ignore the paths and use compass, and this worked excellently. Went to 4 before 3 (line crossing issue) and lost another minute, but that's a different issue!

After that didn't really do a lot wrong other than bad lines through the undergrowth sometimes, but that's just luck.I was happy that I did exactly what I'm always wishing I would do - adapt to the map and terrain rather than just moaning about it.

Monday Jun 18 #

Running - Offroad tempo (Evening run) 33:49 [3] 6.37 km (5:19 / km) +244m 4:27 / km
ahr:153 max:173 shoes: Nike Pegasus 32

Today everyone at work was encouraged to bring in food from their nominated world cup countries; consequently I've eaten exclusively cake today including 4 different types of custard tart.

Had to get out to burn off some sugar! Nice evening; tried to go up hills where they presented themselves.

Sunday Jun 17 #

Orienteering - Urban race (The Vale) 18:24 [5] 3.69 km (4:59 / km) +29m 4:48 / km
ahr:140 max:156 shoes: Salomon Fellraiser

Bit more annoyed with this one - lost 30s on 4 where the CD was 'tower' but there was no tower on the map - pretty sure this is not allowed. Anyway it was up some steps round a corner in a place that looked very much OOB. Anyone who saw anyone else coming out of/into this would have had a massive advantage - I didn't. Classic CD just meant to catch you out - "stairs top" would have been much fairer. The control circle isn't even centered where the control was.

Lost my own 15s on 6 not reading the CD and going to the S, then climbing up the underside of the bridge through the undergrowth and over a technically crossable fence (although probably not one the mapper thought people would cross, in summer at least).

Bad route on 9, think N was better, another 15s there. Similarly on 12, didn't read CD until too late after had made routechoice decision. Need to read CD on previous leg for dubious controls. Another 15s.

Extra circuitous route to take in the start on 13 but not much time lost.

So I reckon maybe 45s my fault and 30s unfair, 1 min 15 faster would put me as in the morning just at the front of the also-rans. Can only really complain about the 30 though, which wouldn't have changed my position...

Orienteering - Urban race (Birmingham University) 22:37 [5] 4.48 km (5:03 / km) +45m 4:48 / km
ahr:139 max:159 shoes: Adidas Adios 3

Terrible start. Lots of control numbers (with white border, which could have done with yesterday; clearly HOC do know how to do it!) but with bent control lines rather than gaps made it very hard to see what was going on.

S - 14 - 1 - 14 - 2
which is pretty grim. Was good planning to be fair. First mistake probably because thought of the start rather than the start kite on the map and so thought I'd been through a gap whereas I actually needed two gaps from the actual start rather than just where it was marked on the map.
No excuse for going back to 14 a second time!

Aside from that initial rubbishness, one no-fault mistake on 6 where the map implies you can get to the control from both sides of the bridge, but actually one side goes into a building and so that isn't possible.

Otherwise good but too much time (30s) lost at the beginning to do very well - could have been 4th, at the front of the non-elites, which is probably fair.

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